by Cass Art

Award-winning Illustrator Marion Deuchars has launched another fantastic creative activity book Art Play which encourages everyone to ‘Play with Art like never before’. Author of Let’s Make Some Great Art, Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists and Bob the Artist to name just a few of her titles, Marion is inspiring people of all ages to start creating. We caught up with Marion to tell us more about her latest creation Art Play. 

Click the links below to download some of the activities from the book below to try them out for yourself. 

As an award winning illustrator, what made you decide to make activity books? 
I didn't really plan it, I was trying to make a story book but was asked by my husband and consultant to Cass Art; Angus Hyland to design a small 'freebie' art activity book for the Cass Art launch of their children's department. That led to me developing the idea into a book through the help of Laurence King publishing who saw potential in it as a proper book. It's a good example of doing small projects for 'love' (rather than money!) and how it can sometimes pay off!


Download the Kirigami Paper People activity here.

What was the inspiration for your new activity book Art Play?
I go work every day and play and I wanted to share that experience. Drawing and playing with art materials, like cutting, sticking, crafting, unleashes a creative part of the brain, the part that was there long before we started using language. 

Download the Carbon Paper Printing activity here.

Can you tell us more about what you call the ‘building blocks of making art’ and why they are important?
Like all skills you have to learn the basics before you can master and personalise your work. Not long ago I did a course on creative writing and realised I didn't really have the basic building blocks of how to write a story for children. Once you have those basics, do's and don’ts for example, (in whatever subject) it gives you confidence to develop your own work. Without them you can make silly mistakes and go down frustrating paths. 


Download the Thaumatropes activity here.

Do you have a favourite activity from the book and why?
I actually really like the paper cutting and folding activities. I had forgotten how nice it is to uses scissors as a drawing tool.  
Feeling inspired? 
Get the exclusive edition of Art Play including special ‘Cass Art Play’ section from Cass Art stores and online now RRP £12.95 (available in all stores except Charing Cross). Plus get a free tote bag designed by Marion Deuchars when you buy a copy of the book. 
Can’t get enough of Marion Deuchars? Buy Art Play and get Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists half price for just £6.45!

Join us for our free Family Day on Sunday 23 October 11am – 4pm at The Art Space in Cass Art’s Islington Flagship in London. Marion will be in-store from 11am to 1pm making personalised finger print koalas for customers. You can play with art like never before at our creative stations run by our experienced staff artists. Take part in activities from the book, scribble a masterpiece, colour your mood, paint patterns or make a fingerprint koala with activities for artists of all ages 4+.

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